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  • 17 Aug 2017 13:08 | Lawrence Slavicek (Administrator)

    Come to Cleveland and enjoy one of the best Airborne gatherings held in the region.  On 5-7 Oct 2017 the place to be is at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, OH and join other Paratroopers in celebrating our heritage and our service. Hosted this year by the John Towle MOH Cleveland Chapter, this event is one to experience and is not that far away.

    See the information below for details and how to register.

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  • 23 Mar 2017 11:33 | Lawrence Slavicek (Administrator)

    Falcon Brigade provides advise, assist guidance

    U.S. Army Spc. Taylor S. Tennant, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, observes a Puma unmanned aerial vehicle's flight after launching near Al Tarab, Iraq, during the Iraqi security forces' offensive to liberate West Mosul from ISIS, March 12, 2017. The 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn, Div., enables their ISF partners through the advise and assist mission, contributing planning, intelligence collection and analysis, force protection, and precision fires to achieve the military defeat of ISIS. CJTF-OIR is the global Coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull)  Paraglide E-Edition 23 Mar 17

  • 13 Feb 2017 12:46 | Lawrence Slavicek (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2017 — The Defense Department announced today that veterans will soon be able to shop online at military exchanges. 

    The policy change will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military, DoD officials said in a news release

    The shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017.

    While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products, it includes the Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment known so well to service members and their families, the release said. The change follows careful analysis, coordination and strong public support, officials said in the release. 

    “We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their service and welcome them home to their military family,” said Peter Levine, performing the duties for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. 

    “In addition, this initiative represents a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund morale, welfare and recreation programs in support of service members’ and their families’ quality of life. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Levine added.

    The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online businesses to better serve current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges’ online presence, according to DoD officials, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments and improved efficiencies.

    “As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members,” Levine said. “Offering this lifetime online benefit is one small, tangible way the nation can say, ‘Thank you’ to those who served with honor.

  • 26 Jan 2017 13:12 | Lawrence Slavicek (Administrator)


    The Paraglide e-Edition 20 Jan 2017

    82nd ADSB prepares for Air Assault school

    Sgt. Daniel Schroeder

    82nd ADSB prepares for Air Assault school

    Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division and Fort Bragg watch as an air assault instructor explains the vault obstacle before tackling the air assault school obstacle course on Fort Bragg, N.C., January 4, 2017. Air Assault teaches Paratroopers and Soldiers how to use rotary wing assets to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel Schroeder, 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, Released)

    Posted: Friday, January 20, 2017 10:13 am

    By Sgt. Daniel Schroeder  82nd ADSB

    As the brisk morning air nips at his fingers, Pvt. Jon-Luk Cole fights to keep his grasp on the rope as he pulls himself up reaching the top of the obstacle.

    Cole and fellow paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade and Fort Bragg battled with the chilly air to negotiate their way through the air assault obstacle course at Fort Bragg, Jan. 4.

    “The course was more challenging than I thought,” said Cole, a parachute rigger assigned to the 151st Division Aerial Delivery Company, 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

    “It showed me what I need to work on before going to air assault.”

    More than 120 paratroopers and Soldiers traversed the course with the intent of completing a prerequisite to attend an upcoming air assault class at Fort Bragg.

    The DeGlopper Air Assault School hosted this prerequisite training as a way for Fort Bragg units to certify paratroopers and Soldiers on the course.

    “Attending our monthly obstacle course is not a requirement for entry into air assault,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Bronson, air assault chief instructor. “Soldiers must have their commanders state they are able to complete the course prior to enrollment. We host the course monthly to allow units on (Global Response Force) or smaller units who cannot certify their Soldiers themselves due to circumstances.”

    The school graduates nearly 1,000 Soldiers and paratroopers per year from the air assault course. Air assault instills confidence in service members to use rotary wing assets to accomplish the mission.

    The DeGlopper Air Assault School offers air assault, rappel master and fast rope insertion and extraction system master courses since opening in 2013.

    “We update our courses and doctrine to meet the needs of commanders,” Bronson said. “It’s important to maintain skill sets we haven’t used in the past few years and possibly use in the future.”



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